p-ISSN: 1300-0551
e-ISSN: 2587-1498

Yavuz Şahbat1, Waziri Juma Msangi2, Erdem Koç2, Tolga Onay3, Osman Mert Topkar2

1Orthopedics and Traumatology, Institut Català de Traumatologia i Medicina de l'esport, Barcelona, Spain
2Department Orthopedics and Traumatology, Faculty of Medicine, Marmara University, İstanbul, Türkiye
3Department of Orthopedics and Traumatology, Dr. Lutfi Kirdar Kartal Training and Research Hospital, İstanbul, Türkiye

Keywords: Posterior cruciate ligament, calcification, arthroscopic debridement


Calcification around the knee joint is a rare condition in athletes. Medial collateral ligament (MCL) calcification is the most frequent post-traumatic ligament calcification. There is very limited information about the calcification of cruciate ligaments. In this study, we aimed to present a management scheme for the diagnosis and treatment process of a veteran athlete with isolated posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) calcification.

A 59-year-old female patient, who was formerly an athlete, admitted to emergency department with generalized right knee pain that aggravated with sports activities. Radiographic images revealed a calcification in line with the PCL contours. It was decided to perform arthroscopic debridement. After the operation, the patient's symptoms regressed rapidly.

Tendon calcifications may cause post-exercise pain in athletes with concomitant chronic diseases. Conservative treatment and non-steroidal antiinflammatory treatment should be tried first in all calcific tendinopathies. Although conservative treatment appears to be frequently satisfactory, arthroscopic excision may be a better option for the refractory or severe cases.

Cite this article as: Sahbat Y, Msangi WJ, Koc E, Onay T, Topkar OM. Isolated posterior cruciate ligament calcification: A case report. Turk J Sports Med. 2022, 57(3):161-3; https://doi.org/10.47447/tjsm.0623

Author Contributions

Concept: YŞ,OMT; Design: YŞ,TO; Supervision: OMT,TO; Materials: EK,WJM;Data Collection and/or Processing: EK,YŞ; Analysis and Interpretation:YŞ,WJM; Literature Review: YŞ,WJM; Writing Manuscript: YŞ,OMT; Critical Reviews: YŞ,TO

Conflict of Interest

The authors declared no conflicts of interest with respect to authorship and/or publication of the article.

Financial Disclosure

The authors received no financial support for the research and/or publication of this article.